Gaslamp Foundation Board of Directors
Jim Vann (President)
Jim Vann brings valued experience to the GQHF board as a former Board Member (2003-2008) and Board President (2004-2007) and as a dedicated museum and events volunteer for the Foundation and for other nonprofits. Jim served 20 years in the military before retiring in 2003. He currently operates a tax preparation and consultation business.
Bill Keller (Vice-President)
Bill is a veteran of the Gaslamp Quarter who owned Le Travel Store for 37 years including 20 years on Fourth Ave. He retired in 2013. He still serves on the GQHF Land Use Planning Committee and was a founding member of the Downtown Parking Management Group. He’s a former board member of the Gaslamp Quarter Association and Downtown Community Planning Council, having chaired both. Bill grew up in San Diego, attended Crawford High School and UCSD where he started a student travel agency in 1973.
Barry Sandall (Treasurer)
Barry Sandall works in healthcare management with a Fortune 500 company in San Diego working on strategic projects including business integration, financial reporting, commercial operations, and marketing. Barry received his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and relocated to San Diego in 2016 with his wife. Having previously lived in Chicago and Boston, architecture and history have long been interests, and Barry is eager to be a part of the organization’s mission to maintain San Diego’s history.
Ashley Christie (Secretary)
Ashley was the Manager of Museum Collections before coming to the board. She hails from Ohio and is a graduate of Mount St. Mary’s College in Fine Arts and George Mason University with a master’s in art history. Previous museum work included the Millicent Rogers Museum in Taos, SunWatch Archeological Park in Ohio and Barona Cultural Center and Museum where she is currently employed. Her main academic interests are in Native American studies so Barona is a good fit. Ashley has remained a great supporter of the GQHF and is interested in ensuring that the Gaslamp Museum holds to the highest standard of good stewardship.
Dan Haslam joined the board of directors in October 2012. For seven years he served as director of development for GQHF. Dan has also served as president of Walkabout International and presently serves on three nonprofit boards of directors. He is a retired attorney who spends time in both San Diego and Hyannis, MA, where he is expanding Walkabout’s operations. He leads numerous walking tours throughout the US and abroad each year.
Wendy Lucas-Meyer brings years of volunteer service, experience in government project management and a strong business acumen to the Foundation, having served roles in commercial real estate and commercial agriculture. She is no stranger to the GQHF as she has worked with the Foundation in the past to raise funds and promote the Brother Dogs project, a sister cities program involving the installation of Bum the Dog and Grey Friars Bobby statuary in San Diego’s Gaslamp Pocket Park and Edinburgh, Scotland.
Brian is a native San Diegan who is now an historic architect specializing in preservation with Heritage Architecture and Planning, the firm founded by Wayne Donaldson now housed in the Yuma Building. A graduate of Notre Dame and the Rome Studies Program, his interest in the Gaslamp Quarter spans the many years he has been involved in preservation projects in San Diego. His work as an architect with museums includes the House of Hospitality and San Diego Air and Space Museum in Balboa Park and the Naval Training Center rehabilitation. Brian is interested in working the with GQHF and Land Use and Planning Committee “to maintain the character and feeling of the District for future San Diegans.”
Chris Eddy has a background in Business Management, Real Estate Development, Property Management, and Community Service, with a specialization in rehabilitation/repositioning of under-performing or historical real estate assets. Chris is the Owner of Hands On Investments and is currently completing the full restoration of the historic Lester Hotel Building (aka the Gaslamp Quarter Hotel) on the southeast corner of 4th Avenue and Market Street in the Gaslamp Quarter Historic District, including the accurate reconstruction of its “original” storefront on Market Street.
Karen Lacy has over 18 years of museum and writing experience as well as a Master’s degree in Museum Science, a Master’s degree in Anthropology, and a Bachelor’s in History with minors in Art History and Anthropology. As Co-Founder and Cultural Object Specialist of Muse Curatorial Consultanting Group, Ms. Lacy helps clients care for the objects they love. She is also an Adjunct Lecturer in San Diego Community College District’s Anthropology Department. All of these combine her love of anthropology, history, collection care, and teaching. For the past 18 years she has worked, volunteered, and interned at a number of museums including history, art, science/technology, and anthropology museums including the Silent Wings Museum, San Diego Air & Space Museum, the San Diego Museum of Man, the California Archaeological Site Stewardship Program as well as the Board of Directors for the Society for California Archaeology.
Kristine is the VP of Puzzle Pieces Marketing, a Marketing and PR firm specializing in nonprofits and small businesses in San Diego County. Kristine also owns a clothing company, Namaste Nation, that shares its profits with several different nonprofits around the San Diego area.
Kristine sits on the Board of Directors for Hannah’s House and is an active volunteer for Hannah’s House, United Way of San Diego, and the Boys and Girls Clubs’ of San Diego and San Marcos.
Kristine’s education includes a BA in Psychology from UMKC and AS in Respiratory Care. She specialized in Neonatal and Pediatric Intensive Care, was awarded Valedictorian and an Honors Member of the Lambda Beta Society.
Visitor Services Coordinator
Visitor Services Associate
Historian and Lead Tour Guide
Facilitator, Land Use and Planning Committee